The Weird Week in Review
Giant Catfish Attacks Fisherman
It sounds like a fish story. A 36-year-old Austrian tourist says he was helping a friend to land a large catfish in a lake near Gyor, Hungary when the fish bit him in the leg and pulled him into the water! The catfish is estimated to be 6.5 feet long, weighing 220 pounds. The tourist kicked the fish in the head several times before he was released. The fish then swam away.
Sizzling Tortoise Survives Fire
A fire broke out in Becky Smith's home when a heat lamp turned over on her tortoise cage, setting the wood chip litter ablaze. The bedrooms were engulfed, and two tortoises died. A third tortoise named Shelli was thought to be dead as well, as his cage was melted. Although he was too hot to touch, the firemen put Shelli in water and saw his shell sizzle. Shortly afterward, the tortoise stuck his head out of the shell! Shelli was kept overnight in a veterinary clinic and pronounced well enough to return to his damaged home -in a different cage.
Woman Drinks Tequila, Vodka, and Beer, Falls 5 Stories
An unnamed 20-year-old woman in Boulder, Colorado was injured when she fell out of a fifth-story window of an apartment building.
Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said the woman, whose name was not released because police are still investigating the incident, "sustained serious bodily injury but is expected to recover."
The woman, who had traveled to Colorado from California to visit her older sister, had consumed "a couple of tequila shots, at least two lemonade vodka drinks and probably a couple of beers" at a rooftop party at the Spanish Towers, Huntley said.
And that's just what they remembered she drank.
No Burger King for Barefoot Baby
Jennifer Frederich took her mother and her 6-month-old daughter to a Burger King in Sunset Hills, Missouri. Workers told her that they could get food to go, but couldn't eat in the restaurant because the baby wasn't wearing shoes, which violated the "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policy. They said it violated the health code, although the St. Louis County health code has no such regulation. Frederich and her family ate in a hurry and left. Burger King later issued a statement that said the independent franchisee apologized for the incident.
Scorned Lovers Use Superglue for Revenge
An angry wife and three double-crossed mistresses got revenge on their common lover in Chilton, Wisconsin. After the wife contacted the other women, they lured 36-year-old Donessa T. Davis of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin into a motel room, where one woman tied him to the bed before the other three came in adn confronted him. They slapped him, cut off his underwear, and used super glue to fasten his penis to his stomach. Therese A. Ziemann, Wendy L. Sewell, Michelle M. Belliveau, and Tracy M. Hood-Davis were arrested on charges of false imprisonment and fourth-degree sexual assault. Mr. Davis himself was later charged with child abuse, theft, and harassment.
Man Wants Tattoos of All Nations Flags
67-year-old Guinness Rishi of India already holds four records in the Guiness Book of World Records. He even changed his name to Guinness in honor of the organization. Now he is working on getting the flags of all 220 existing nations of the world tattooed on his body. Rishi already has the flags of six nations on his head. He believes he can get sixty flags on his head alone. The rest will be tattooed on all parts of his body. Rishi hasn't decided which flag will go on his private parts.
Russian Soccer Fans Told to Drink Whiskey
Russia's Health Ministry is doing their part to keep soccer fans healthy. When the team travels to Wales for a World Cup qualifer, they gave fans advice on measures to take to avoid the H1N1 swine flu virus.
"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whisky as a form of disinfection," VOB head Alexander Shprygin told Reuters.
"That should cure all symptoms of the disease."
Russia expects several hundred fans will travel to Wales to support the team.